Measurements of Robert the Bruce's skull

Karl Pearson (1857-1936)1924

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Diagram of cranial measurements taken from a cast of the skull of a human male, supposed to be King Robert I of Scotland, side view.

Figure 1 from the monograph King Robert the Bruce, 1274-1329: his skull and portraiture, by Karl Pearson (W. Lewis at the University Press, Cambridge, 1924), p.9. Reprinted from Biometrika v.16. Inscribed below 'Sagittal Contour of the Cast of the Skull of Robert the Bruce Fig.I.'

According to the accompanying text, the grave of Robert the Bruce at the Abbey Church of Dunfermline, was opened in 1818 and again in 1819 in the presence of Sir Henry Jardine, Dr Alexander Munro tertius and Dr James Gregory. A cast of the skull was taken by William Scoular (d.1854) and several copies made, including one now in the Royal Collections, Palace of Hollyroodhouse.

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  • Title: Measurements of Robert the Bruce's skull
  • Creator: Karl Pearson (1857-1936)
  • Date Created: 1924
  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: Click here to access the published version of the article
  • Scientist: Karl Pearson (1857-1936)
  • Field: Craniometry
  • Catalogue Reference: RCN 58544